Marc LiVecche

Marc LiVecche is the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the US Naval War College, in the College of Leadership and Ethics.

Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.

Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.

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Yoram Hazony on Conserving and “Un-conserving”
Yoram Hazony on Conserving and “Un-conserving”

Yoram Hazony and Joshua Mitchell join Marc LiVecche for a discussion on Hazony’s forthcoming book, Conservatism: A Rediscovery.

Marksism – No. 83: Hazony’s New Book, Ukraine Support, Cold War Christian Realism
Marksism – No. 83: Hazony’s New Book, Ukraine Support, Cold War Christian Realism

This week the editors discussed a Providence event where Yoram Hazony talked about his forthcoming new book “Conservatism: A Rediscovery,” how Christian realists disagreed over US foreign policy as the Cold War began, Mark Tooley’s article about democracy and decadence, and J. Daryl Charles’ article about deterring nuclear blackmail.

Marksism – No. 82: World War III, Just War vs. Pacifism, Easter

This week the editors discuss Debra Erickson’s article about why the Russia-Ukraine War is not World War III, an exchange about pacifism and the just war tradition, and a 75-year-old article about Easter and the resurrection.

A Just War Response to a Pacifism and the Russia-Ukraine War
Just War Response to Pacifism’s Say on Russia-Ukraine War

I appreciate Michael McKoy’s recent “What Does Pacifism Have to Say About Ukraine?” But I remain unimpressed by the pacifist view.

Marksism – No. 81: Moral-Realism, Defending Values, Foolish Foreign Aid

This week the editors discuss Simon Polinder’s article about moral realism, Debra Erickson’s argument about the role of values in foreign policy, and a 75-year-old article about why some people support “foolish” foreign aid.

Just War and Ukraine
Just War and Ukraine

Marc LiVecche gave a talk in Washington, DC, about the just war tradition and the Russia-Ukraine War.

Marksism – No. 80: War Crimes, Regime Change, Niebuhr in Scotland

The editors discuss Eric Patterson’s article about jus post bellum and war crimes, Reinhold Niebuhr’s letters from Scotland, and Mark Tooley’s remarks on regime change.

Marksism – No. 79: Just War, Ukraine, Isolationism
Marksism – No. 79: Just War, Ukraine, Isolationism

This week the editors discuss Marc LiVecche’s conversation with Rebeccah Heinrichs about the war in Ukraine, Mark Melton’s article about sudden changes in public opinion polling, and Eric Patterson’s series about the ethics of ending wars.

Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 76 | Just War Perspective on the Ukraine War

Marc LiVecche and Rebeccah Heinrichs discuss the war in Ukraine, the intersection of just war reasoning and the facts on the ground, future options against Putin, how best to assist President Zelensky and his brave compatriots, and the question of regaining escalatory dominance against the Russian regime.

Marksism – No. 78: Putin Off-Ramp, US Empire, Christian Realism vs. Cynicism and Idealism
Marksism – No. 78: Putin Off-Ramp, US Empire, Christian Realism vs. Cynicism and Idealism

This week the editors discuss Alan Dowd’s suggestion for offering Putin an off-ramp, Mike Watson’s article about the value of America’s empire of nations, and Mark Tooley’s comparison of Christian realism with cynicism and idealism.